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Dallas Station Names Newsroom After Late News Director

1111_haag_plaque01Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA paid tribute to late news director Marty Haag.

Monday, the station unveiled a plaque with an inscription that read in part, “Marty personified journalism in the highest sense and under his leadership, WFAA was recognized with numerous national awards, including the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton, the George Foster Peabody Award and a National Emmy.”

According to the station, Haag set the bar high for journalists under his watch between 1973 and 1989. “Yes, he was challenging, and yes, he pushed hard, but that was good; it was good for all of us,” former WFAA reporter Doug Fox said in the station’s story about the former ND. “That made us better — better reporters, better individuals.”

“He was like a second father to me,” said WFAA anchor Gloria Campos. Sports anchor Dale Hansen added, “He was far and away the best I’ve ever worked with.” You can read the entire inscription after the jump. Read more

WPLG General Manager Dave Boylan to Join Rentrak Board of Directors

WPLG vice president and general manager Dave Boylan is leaving the Miami ABC affiliate to join Rentrak’s board of directors.

“Dave’s experience gives our Board first-hand input on what local stations want and will help us with the future local TV roadmap, so that every station will want to join the revolution that is happening in local TV with Rentrak,” Rentrak CEO and vice chairman Bill Livek said in a statement.

Boylan will also resign his position as the ABC affiliates board chairman. Broadcasting & Cable‘s Michael Malone reports Mike Devlin, the general manager at WFAA in Dallas, will replace him.

Boylan has been the VP-GM of WPLG since 2003. Before working in Miami, he was general manager at KTTV in Los Angeles, WTVT in Tampa and WGHP in Greensboro.

‘Punch Through the Cap’: Meteorologist Says Goodbye to WFAA and Hello to Replacement

WFAA weekend meteorologist Steve McCauley had a little fun signing off from the Dallas-Fort Worth ABC affiliate Sunday night while introducing viewers to his replacement, Ashton Altieri.

The station rolled a clip of McCauley educating Altieri about what it’s like to forecast weather in Texas. “First of all, we actually do have weather here,” McCauley told Altieri who last worked at KXTV in Sacramento, CA. “It does rain. It hails. It tornadoes. It blizzards. It ice storms. It does everything here in Texas. So there are a few things you may want to learn.”

McCauley then taught Altieri about weather phenomenon we won’t even try to explain here like the “McFarland signature,” how to “punch through the cap,” and how keeping an eye on the Sea of Japan can predict future Texas weather. Read more

Meteorologist Ashton Altieri Joins WFAA

Meteorologist Ashton Altieri is joining WFAA, the ABC affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth.

“In a few weeks I’ll be joining the weather team at WFAA in Dallas,” Altieri tweeted. “I’m thrilled to have this opportunity!”

Altieri signed off from KXTV, the ABC affiliate in Sacramento, in May.  He has previously worked at KUSA in Denver, WLNS in Lansing, Mich., WOI in Des Moines and WCBI in Columbus, Miss. [h/t NewsBlues]

It’s Official: WFAA Adds 4PM Newscast

Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA has confirmed with TVSpy they will be launching a 4:00 pm newscast September 9.

Jason Wheeler will be the initial anchor of the hour long show. He will be joined by weekend morning meteorologist Colleen Coyle.

While other outlets have been reporting this might happen, this marks the first time it’s been confirmed by the station.

WFAA news director Carolyn Mungo told TVSpy “This is a great team and we’re looking forward to being in the 4pm space.”

Jonathan Betz, Morgan Fogarty, Del Walters Joining Al Jazeera America

Jonathan Betz, Morgan Fogarty and Del Walters are leaving local news to join Al Jazeera America, the network announced today.

Betz, Fogarty and Walters, along with Richelle Carey, who joins the network from HLN, will be anchors based in New York City. Al Jazeera America is slated for an August launch.

“This talented and trusted group of on-air talent is a further indication of the quality and depth of journalism experience that Al Jazeera America is attracting,” AJAM senior executive producer for news and special projects Bob Wheelock said in a statement. “Their previous work across the United States will help to ensure that our daily newscasts include objective reporting on the stories from around the block and around the globe that have a real impact on each American’s lives.”

Betz joins AJAM from WFAA in Dallas, where he has worked as a field reporter and fill-in anchor since 2004. Fogerty previously worked at WCCB in Charlotte, where she has worked for 10 years, most recently as anchor of the 10 p.m. newscast. Walters joins the network from WTOP News Radio. Until 2010, he was an anchor and senior investigative reporter at WJLA in Washington, D.C.

TVNewser has more on the hires.

KYW, WVUE Win Edward R. Murrow Awards For Overall Excellence

Philadelphia CBS O&O KYW and New Orleans Fox affiliate WVUE are the 2013 recipients of RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards for overall excellence.

“We are very humbled and honored to be recognized for our body of work in 2012,” WVUE news director Mikel Schaefer told TVSpy. “This is a reflection of the hard work and dedication our entire staff has day in and day out, whether covering Hurricane Isaac, investigating corruption or our unique culture.”

In the breaking news category, WNBC in New York City won for coverage of Hurricane Sandy and WHEC in Rochester won for coverage of the four firefighters shot at a house fire in Webster. In the continuning coverage category, KXAS in Dallas won for “Driven to Distraction,” a nine-month series on Texas police officers who crashed while typing on mobile dashboard computers, and KXRM in Colorado Springs won for coverage of the Waldo Canyon fire.

Murrow Awards for best newscast go to KUSA in Denver and KSPR in Springfield, Mo. Awards for best feature reporting go to KARE in Minneapolis and KHQ in Spokane, and WFAA in Dallas and CTV in Vancouver Island were honored for best investigative reporting.

A full list of the winners is after the jump. Read more

Jonathan Betz Leaving Dallas for New York City

WFAA reporter Jonathan Betz is leaving Dallas for New York City, he announced on Facebook Thursday.

“I can’t say exactly where I’ll be working yet, but I’ll still be doing the news,” Betz wrote, according to Dallas media blogger Ed Bark. “It’s a great opportunity, and I’m extremely excited.”

Betz joined WFAA, the ABC affiliate in Dallas, in 2008. He has also worked at KHBS-KHOG in Fayetteville and WWL in New Orleans.

Charles Wolfertz Named President and General Manager of WTAE

Charles Wolfertz has been named president and general manager of WTAE, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh. His appointment is effective June 1.

Wolfertz has been general sales manager at WTAE since March 2012. He previously worked for Belo as sales manager at WHAS in Louisville and WFAA in Dallas.

“Chuck is a next-generation media executive with a successful record of local television management experience,” David J. Barrett, Hearst Television chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “He has played a major role in the station’s sales and customer service initiatives in the Pittsburgh market, and is the ideal leader to continue to build upon the great legacy of WTAE.”

Wolfertz succeeds Michael Hayes, who was promoted to senior vice president and group head of Hearst Television.

Dallas Stations Live Overnight With Coverage of Fertilizer Plant Explosion

More than 100 people were injured during an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas Wednesday night.

ABC affiliate WFAA was the first of the Dallas stations to report the news at 8:47 p.m. The station began continuing coverage at 9:35 p.m. that lasted throughout the night. John McCaa anchored the first several hours, with Ron Corning taking over at 2 a.m. Todd Unger reported from West.

Fox O&O KDFW reported the news at the top of the 9 p.m. hour. Heather Hays and Steve Eagar anchored five and a half hours of wall-to-wall coverage, signing off at 2:30 a.m. Brandon Todd reported from West for KDFW.

KTVT was next at 9:46 p.m. with Karen Borta anchoring. The CBS O&O had continuing coverage from 9:55 p.m. to 2 a.m. with Borta and Jason Allen reporting from West.

NBC O&O KXAS reported the news at 9:48 p.m. Amanda Guerra and Brian Curtis anchored until 12:30 a.m., with Scott Gordon reporting from West.

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